Students for Justice in Palestine condones terrorism, denies the right to Jewish self-determination, and accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing and genocide.
By United with Israel Staff and JNS
The American NGO Alums for Campus Fairness released a comprehensive report last week that documents “systemic anti-Semitism and ingrained delegitimization of Israel” at Columbia University and its sister school, Barnard College.
The 33-page dossier documents more than 100 incidents that have made Columbia and Barnard “a hotbed for hate” since the 2016-17 academic year.
In one such incident, the National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) organization held a “die-in” on the Columbia campus in May and released a statement that condoned terrorism, denied the right to Jewish self-determination, and accused Israel of ethnic cleansing and genocide.
SJP also claimed that violence on the Israel-Gaza border was part of “a path which concretely spells out the racist objective of Zionism: to create an ethno-supremacist state with no place for the indigenous Palestinians.”
In October, the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP) released a 93-page comprehensive report about NSJP.
The report’s findings include that NSJP was founded in 2010 at a forum sponsored in part by the BDS National Committee, a coalition that includes multiple U.S.-designated terrorist organizations; NSJP regularly features and expresses support for convicted terrorists at its events and throughout its social media; and its “Points of Unity” statement calls for “ending Israel’s occupation and colonization of all Arab lands” or the destruction of the State of Israel.
“For centuries, the most violent anti-Semitic attacks on Jews, including expulsions and pogroms, were rationalized by a need to bring justice to other groups,” says renowned human rights advocate and ISGAP chairman Natan Sharansky. “Today, the new anti-Semitism is brought to the world of academia under the pretext of justice for Palestinians. All those who value both justice and academic freedom should be resistant to it.”
The NSJP is not only active in Columbia University and Barnard College.
They have over 200 chapters across the country, including prominent universities such as: Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, Brandeis, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Chicago, University of Washington, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Florida State, University of North Carolina, University of Georgia, University of Florida, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at Austin and numerous universities in Canada.
“NSJP is a hate-filled group that promotes anti-Semitism, plain and simple,” said ISGAP executive director Charles Asher Small. “Universities need to protect their students and secure safe learning environments by ending all funding to NSJP, and holding the organization accountable for their actions. Would university administrators permit the KKK to have a national conference on campus? Why then are we allowing an ideology of hate that targets specific groups to influence our universities?”
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